Beyond Basic Borders – Hilltop Range Block

Beyond Basic Borders is a new series of how to elevate the quilting border to the next level. Whether you use the leftover fabric from your quilt top, or introduce some new colours, this is going to be fun!

To begin with, we will base the borders on using your GO! Qube Mix & Match sets although we will transition into other dies. Experimenting with colours and layouts, we will show you how simple design changes can alter the appearance of the block.

Although unusual as a lone block, when combined, this block creates beautiful hilltops and peaks. Rotating the block creates beautiful and unusual symmetric border that will fit into any geometric quilt.

Finished width size borders:
  • 4” Qube – 2” finished border
  • 6” Qube – 3” finished border
  • 8” Qube – 4” finished border
  • 9” Qube – 4 ½” finished border
  • 10” Qube – 5” finished border
  • 12” Qube – 6” finished border

The length will depend on your quilt top.


  1. AccuQuilt GO! Big or GO! Fabric Cutter
  2. Shape 3 from and GO! Mix & Match Qube
  3. Shape 5 from any GO! Mix & Match Qube
  4. Shape 9 from any GO! Mix & Match Qube

Cutting Instructions:

  1. Cut (1) Shape 3 – Quarter Square Triangle (QST) per unit
  2. Cut (3) Shape 5 – Half Square Triangle (HST) per unit.
  3. Cut (1) Shape 9 – Chisel per unit*

NOTE – these dies are directional dies, so be aware of the orientation you are after.

Pressing Instructions:

Pressing seams to one side or open is another discussion within itself, although the two general thoughts are:

Open Seamsallow for a smoother flatter quilt top, which doesn’t allow fabric colour to appear through your quilt top.

Side Seam Pressing is faster, and the seam is usually pressed towards the darkest colour. It makes it easier when you want to ‘nest’ seams in place, giving a clean seam intersection.

My suggestion – try both and see what works for you! There is no Quilt Police here.

Sewing Instructions:

All seams are ¼” unless otherwise specified.
  1. Sew one HST to one chisel to create a rectangle as shown below. Press
  2. Sew the two HST units together to each side of the QST as shown. Press
  3. Sew both rectangles together to create block. Press
hilltop instructions

Finishing Options:

Adding different colours, in different sequences can totally change the look and appearance of the design. Below is the original two-colour design, which in itself is stylish, although you can see, adding more colours can change the appearance. Scrappy happy also works well, although, adding a base colour can add stability to the border.

Original Design: hilltop border original design 1Rotating blocks and changing colours around rotating blocks 1 hilltop rotating blocks 2 hilltop Flipping direction of the chisel hilltop flipped chisel 1 hilltop flipped chisel 2 hilltop flipped chisel 3

This is just a few ideas, on how to use this simple block.

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Congratulations on finishing your project!

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